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CAIR Welcomes Change to Kentucky City’s Confederate Logo, Removal of Confederate Name, Statues in Virginia

(WASHINGTON D.C., 6/8/21) – The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the planned change to a Kentucky city logo that includes Confederate imagery, a vote to removal Confederate statues in Charlottesville, Va., and the renaming of the Confederate memorial on the University of Virginia campus. 

The city council of Perryville, Ky., decided in a meeting Thursday night to change the city logo, which included the Confederate flag. The city will form a committee to design a new logo.  

SEE: Perryville forms committee to redesign city logo; current design includes Confederate flag 

On Friday, the Board of Visitors’ Buildings and Grounds Committee at the University of Virginia approved the rededication of the Frank Hume memorial. Frank Hume was a Confederate soldier who served in the Virginia House of Delegates.  

Officials in Charlottesville, Va., also announced a decision to remove the statues of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson from public parks.  


The neo-Nazi ‘Unite the Right’ rally in 2017, at which an antifascist protester was killed, was held to defend the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in Charlottesville.  

SEE: UVA Board of Visitors approves changes to inscription on Confederate memorial 

https://www.nbc29.com/2021/06/07/uva-board-visitors-approves-changes-inscription-confederate-memorial/

Charlottesville City Council votes to remove, relocate Confederate statues
https://www.wfxrtv.com/news/regional-news/virginia-news/charlottesville-city-council-votes-to-remove-relocate-confederate-statues/

“The Confederacy’s legacy is one of anti-Black racism, slavery and white supremacy, and it must be repudiated, not celebrated or honored,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “We welcome any effort to address past racism and move forward toward a more just and equitable society.” 

He noted that CAIR has repeatedly urged the removal of Confederate holidays, symbols and racist laws.    

SEE: CAIR Renews Call for Alabama to Drop Holiday Honoring Confederate Traitor Jefferson Davis 

The American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.     
 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.       

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.       

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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